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Endovascular clot retrieval (ECR) is a highly effective treatment that reduces disability/death after an ischaemic stroke that is caused by a treatable large arterial occlusion.

ECR is a highly specialised procedure and requires service to be centralised and coordinated. In 2017 approximately 345 Victorians underwent ECR as a result of having an ischaemic stroke. New evidence published in 2018 has revised the treatment window for ECR from 6 hours from onset of stroke to 24 hours. This means more Victorians will now be considered for, and treated with ECR.  

Safer Care Victoria has revised this statewide service protocol to help health services identify patients who are suitable for endovascular clot retrieval, and ensure they are transferred and treated quickly.

Page last updated: 30 Nov 2018